William J. Karaban
William J. Karaban
Team: Football

William J. Karaban '35
Sport: Football
Year Inducted: 1975

William J. Karaban '35 was one of the finest offensive fullbacksin Brown's history, a hard-nosed, slashing, driving runner ratherthan a breakaway threat. Playing against a tough Syracuse team in1933, Karaban led the Bruins to a 10-7 victory by rushing for 133yards and scoring all his team's points on a touchdown, conversion,and 33-yard field goal. He also set a Brown record for rushingattempts in that game with 33. The 5-10, 180-pound fullback wasalso a passing threat in an era when the passing game did notdominate. In the Yale Bowl in 1933, he completed nine of 11 passesfor 103 yards. As captain of the 1934 Bruins, Karaban scored all ofhis team's points in the 18-0 opener against Boston University,including one touchdown romp of 49 yards, and picked up close to150 yards on the ground. On Thanksgiving morning that year he puton an All-American performance in a losing cause as the Bears cameclose to upsetting nationally ranked Colgate. Karaban's persistentbull-like rushes seemed to inspire the Bruins and helped them totake a 13-7 lead, with Karaban scoring twice. Coach Andy Kerr's RedRaiders finally rallied for a 20-13 victory, but the Brown captain,the large No. 12 on his back, was a heroic figure in defeat.Karaban had 48 points that season to rank among the nation'sleaders. A rough, tough player of the old school, Karaban was a60-minute performer in nearly every game and played the entiresecond half of the Boston University game in 1934 with a badlybroken nose. Capt. Bill Karaban was an Honorable Mention selectionon the All-American team of 1934.